Our community has a generosity of spirit throughout the year. Here are good things happening in the area and opportunities to help organizations trying to make life brighter for people in need:
THANK YOU FOR GIVING
Taylor Dental recently partnered with nonprofit Dentistry from the Heart to provide a day of free dental care.
Patients started lining up 14 hours in advance to reserve their place in line for cleanings, extractions and fillings. The dental team started work at 7 a.m. Friday and served more than 100 patients for free.
“We are truly thankful for the dentists, hygienists, assistants and front office team that gave their time and for the generous donations from local businesses that helped us successfully reach those in the community that could not otherwise afford dental care,” said Dr. Andrew Taylor in a news release.
Local businesses partnered with Taylor Dental to provide dental supplies, drinks, snacks and food for the volunteers and patients. Those businesses included Harvesters Credit Union, ECUA’s Quench Buggy, Boyett’s, Honey Baked Ham, Firehouse Subs, Milton Bakery, Dunkin Donuts, Chick fil A, Winn Dixie, Sonny’s BBQ, Henry Schein, Patterson Dental, DDR Properties, Lamar Advertising and My Father’s Vineyard.
WHS supports Covenant Hospice through annual run
Booker T. Washington High School’s Student Government Association raised $8,000 this year — its largest amount ever — through its 5K charity run for Covenant Hospice.
The school’s Student Government Association has hosted the run for the past 13 years, and on average, the students have raised $6,000 each year.
"This year’s $8,000 was the largest amount we have netted," said Pamela Hicks, Booker T. Washington High School’s SGA sponsor, in a news release.
On Wednesday morning, the students presented a check to representatives from Covenant Hospice.
Episcopal District makes large donation to Waterfront
On May 17, the 11th Episcopal District — consisting of more than 480 churches from Florida and the Bahamas — made a huge donation of goods to the Waterfront Rescue Mission.
Members of the 11th Episcopal District Sons of Allen recently donated socks, underwear, and boxed lunches to Waterfront Rescue Mission.
(Photo: Waterfront Rescue Mission Facebook page)
Attendees at the 11th Episcopal District Sons of Allen Men’s Retreat at Bethel AM.E. Church were asked to bring new men’s socks and underwear; they also donated 100 box lunches.
In addition, men on the Waterfront Rescue Mission Recovery Program were invited to all three days of the 17th annual retreat free of charge.
EVENTS THAT HELP
‘Mission: Transmission’ hopes to rescue radio ministry
WOW Radio ministry is planning a one-day fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24, to raise support for repairs to the station’s transmission line. The project is called "Mission: Transmission."
Last October, WOW 90.9 was off the air for more than a week after taking a direct lightning strike on its tower. Some damage was sustained to the transmitter and major damage to the transmission line that goes from the transmitter to the antenna. WOW’s engineer determined more than 500 feet of expensive copper transmission line had to be replaced.
Over several months, WOW Radio tried to find used replacement line, and eventually WKRG News 5 — and their parent organization NexStar — donated all the line needed for the repair.
The fundraiser will help to transport the cable from Mobile to WOW 90.9’s transmitter site in Castleberry; purchase new mounting brackets; hire a tower climbing crew to climb up the 500-plus foot tower to take down the damaged line and install the new line; and complete additional repairs and parts replacements to the existing transmitter.
To donate, visit www.wowradio.org or use the donate button on the WOW90.9 Facebook page. Listeners will be provided a toll-free number to call to give by telephone during "Mission: Transmission."
Baptist Cancer Institute to host summer social
Baptist Cancer Institute is throwing a summer social from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the Pensacola Yacht Club, 1897 Cypress St.
The social, which is being held on National Cancer Survivors Day, provides an opportunity for local cancer survivors to connect with other survivors to celebrate milestones.
Cancer survivors and a guest are encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire to the event, which is supported by the Baptist Health Care Foundation. There will be hula lessons and a live steel drum performance. Refreshments will be provided.
Admission is free and space is limited. Register by calling 850-469-2224.
Beauty students use talents to help cancer survivors
Students from V’s Student Cosmetology Services at Virginia College in Pensacola are finding ways to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in honor of those affected by cancer.
As a part of national Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day, the cosmetology students at the campus will offer complimentary haircuts, styling, facials, deep conditioning treatments roller sets and blowouts from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the campus at 312 E. Nine Mile Road, Suite 34C.
Survivors interested in receiving the services are asked to call 850-266-2268 to make an appointment. Light refreshments will be offered.
PSC Kids’ College looking for teen helpers
Is your teen looking for service hours? Consider letting them volunteer with Chain Reaction this summer at Pensacola State College’s Kids’ College.
Teens serve as teaching assistants to professors at PSC for youth ages 6-12. Professors will teach a variety of fun subjects such as sports exploration, fashion design, video game development, photography, arts and crafts and more.
Teens must be a member of Chain Reaction to participate. They can join by visiting mychainreaction.org and clicking Sign Up to fill out their membership application.
For more information call 850-471-4685, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for Kids’ College.
Volunteers needed to foster homeless pets
The Pensacola Humane Society needs individuals and families who are willing to open their homes to animals that are not quite ready for adoption.
In addition to foster homes for kittens and puppies, temporary homes are also needed for adult cats and dogs with special needs; those that require a bit more patience or hands-on care; those recovering from surgery or undergoing medical treatment; and older or stressed animals that need a quieter home setting.
Fostering has benefits for humans as well: the joy of raising a litter of puppies or kittens without a long-term commitment; the opportunity to teach your children responsible pet care and ownership; the knowledge that you are helping to nurture and socialize an animal that might otherwise be difficult to adopt.
The Humane Society will provide foster parent training and advice, veterinary care, medications, medical supplies, carriers and any other necessary equipment. Foster parents must be able to transport animals to and from the Humane Society or to a veterinarian as needed. Fostering is a perfect fit for retired persons or those who work from home or part-time.
For more information or a foster application, visit pensacolahumane.org/become-a-foster.